The condition of Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder is a recent phenomenon and was first described in medical literature in 2001
Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder is a recent phenomenon and was first described in medical literature in 2001Reuters

A 40-year-old woman was driven to thoughts of suicide by a rare medical condition that gives her non-stop orgasms.

Heather McCuen is compelled to masturbate for up to three hours every day because she suffers from Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), which started when she became pregnant.

In a desperate bid to rid herself of the sexually embarrassing condition, McCuen has tried intimate botox jabs, anti-depressants and also resorted to electric shock treatment. But all these have failed to cure her.

"Having orgasms all day might sound like fun but for me, it's a living hell," she said in a Sun report.

The woman from South Carolina lives with her husband Jeremy, a guitar salesman, and son Jonah.

"I sat down and wrote suicide notes to my family, explaining I was sick of feeling this way and felt the only way out was to leave them behind."

She added: "Now I just want my normal life back. Jeremy and I haven't shared a bed for all that time and sex is out of the question.

"Before we had a brilliant sex life but now if we sleep together it sets me off having to have orgasm after orgasm for days."

Even everyday occurrences such as washing and cleaning set off a sexual reaction in McCuen, and she has also needed to pleasure herself on long car journeys.

She had some relief while taking the antidepressant Paxil, but the drug now has no effect on her sexual appetites.

The embarrassing condition of Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder is a recent phenomenon and was first described in medical literature in 2001. Doctors disagree on its causes although women sufferers say they started experiencing PGAD after falling over, childbirth, menopause or coming off depressants.

In 2012, Gretchen Molannen, a Florida woman, was found dead in her home after an apparent suicide. She had suffered from PGAD for 16 years.

Once, she had 50 uncontrolled orgasms in a row. "It made me think I was going to die," she told the Times. "That was the worst day."